Riserva | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
1,024 Ratings

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.

Added by akorsak on 06-14-2008

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shaun bought over a 2012 vintage C&C bottle today, 10/15/2013. Thanks Shaun! Poured into a Three Floyds' teku glass.

Pours a very pretty reddish-pink body. Surprisingly, this comes with a relatively moderate head for a Wild- a 1cm pinkish head that dissipates slowly over time into a thin film. Not much lacing to speak of.

This beer smells so acidic, more of lactic than vinegar type of acidity. Tart raspberries and a little bit of oak, with hints of earthiness. Not superbly complex, but smelling this beer gives me heartburn, it's just that damn sour.

Sour, sour, sour. Mostly lactic sourness mixed in with tart, crisp raspberry flavours. Not overly harsh, very tasty. Again a little bit of oak and funk. This is not a funky framboise by any means- its pretty much a very sour raspberry beer that doesn't bring much complexity but it does bring what it advertises and in a clean, balanced flavour profile. I dig it.

Medium bodied, heartburn inducing, dry finish with tart raspberry fruit on the tongue. I cannot tell at all that this is a 11.40% ABV beer. I did not know this until I wrote this review. No wonder the night ended the way it did...

I really enjoyed this sour. Its not Lou Pepe Framboise by any means, but it definitely brings the sour and raspberry fruit flavour to the table. It's to the point, crisp and enjoyable. Dangerously so considering this is a huge 11.40% bomb.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Edition

A: Pours a hazy pale ruby reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint burnt orange + rosé highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy light tan head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tart raspberries with lighter notes of oak and vinegar.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of tart raspberries with some lighter hints of oak. The beer is quite tart (almost tart enough to cause my mouth to pucker) and slightly sour. No alcohol flavors are present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: While the alcohol is well hidden in this beer, making it easy to drink for it's strength it is not a beer for people that are not fans of sour beers as it is quite tart. It seems like I got a quite tart batch and it is enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Jim. Thanks!

A: Brackish, opaque red. Pinkish head devolves into a ring. Decent lacing.

N: Raspberries, grapefruit, lemon, oak, and vinegar. Touch of red grape.

T: Aggressively sour, perhaps top 3 of any I’ve had. Vinegar, oak, hints of acetone and the sweetness of raspberries offer some respite, but really, this just puckering.

M: Light body, incredibly scraping. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: A kick in the teeth, but it remains enjoyable. This might cause some digestive issues if you’re not careful, though.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a darker pink color. Thin pinkish white head crackles and pops away to a thin shelf of foam.

S-Tart and forceful raspberry. Berries are underripe and tart more than they are sweet and jammy. Brett notes accompany the fruit well. Sturdy oak too.

T-The flavor is great. Strong, tart raspberry coated in wood. Puckering and nearly vinegary. Brett comes into effect as well. I love the raspberries here.

M-I was surprised at how high the ABV was. The body isn't too thick. I still could see a full bottle of this being a long session of sipping.

O/D-Great beer. Always wanted to try it but I didn't want to shell out the $17ish dollars for it. Now after sampling it I am pretty sure I will be purchasing a bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,024 ratings.
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